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Women's Soccer Shuts Out WSU, Moves On to Sweet 16

The Virginia Women's Soccer team turned in one of the more dominating performances of the season last night as they beat the visiting Washington State Cougars 3-0 on a frigid night at Klöckner Stadium.

Lauren Alwine, Gloria Douglas and Caroline Miller each notched goals against the usually stout Cougar defense, while Morgan Brian, Julia Roberts, Alwine, Molly Menchel and Danielle Colaprico all tallied assists. 

Lauren Alwine scored the first goal of the game, beating the keeper to a loose ball in front of the net. Roberts had sent a free kick to Brian, who used a header to get the ball in position for Alwine to make the play.

The second goal of the game was actually quite reminiscent of the first. Alwine served a cross from right to left in front of the goal. Colaprico tapped the ball toward the goal and Douglas beat the keeper to the ball and deposited it in the left side of the net.

Golden Girl Miller finished off the scoring on the night in the 58th minute. Menchel sent a cross from the left corner that found Miller waiting at the near post. A quick shuffle helper her get past the defender and her shot slid by the goalie and into the right side of the net.

If you want to understand how badly the Cavaliers dominated Washington State, you just have to look at one statistic: Shots. Virginia held a 22-1 advantage in that category. That's right, the Cougars only managed one shot the entire game and that one shot, which came in the waning moments of the second half with Virginia already well in control of the game, wasn't even on goal. 

Virginia next takes to the pitch on Sunday (tomorrow) at 1pm against in-state foe Virginia Tech. During the regular season, the Cavaliers beat the Hokies 4-0 at Klöckner Stadium. Ironically, that game was exactly one month before the upcoming game.